Many people don’t realise the importance of professional cleans. Sometimes there is a misconception that brushing at home is all that’s needed to maintain dental health.
Although good oral hygiene at home is very important, hard tartar (also known as dental calculus) cannot be removed without a professional clean.
Dental calculus can get trapped in the pocket between the gums and the teeth. Untreated calculus buildup will cause gum inflammation (gingivitis) in the short term and will cause receding gum disease (periodontitis) in the long term. The calculus is removed with a professional sonic scaler and usually causes minimal discomfort. If your teeth are especially sensitive we can always provide you with options such as conscious sedation (Valium) or local anaesthetic.
Professional cleans will also get rid of those hard to remove tea, coffee and red wine stains!
Signs that you may need a professional clean
- Visible tartar buildup
- Visible stains
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Painful gums
MR. R presented to us complaining of bleeding gum and bad breath.
The Diagnosis – Dental calculus build-up causing severe gingivitis and bad breath.
The Treatment – Comprehensive cleaning under local anaesthetic.
The Outcome – The bleeding and bad breath vanished within a matter of days.